Man Utd change minds on director of football due to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Manchester United reportedly no longer want a director of football – and believe Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's influence can attract the biggest names to the club.

United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward had been keen to appoint a director of football for some time to oversee the club's transfer strategy.

The Red Devils wanted somebody in place by the start of this season, with the likes of Ralf Rangnick and former United players Edwin van der Sar and Rio Ferdinand having been linked.

But according to The Athletic, United have seemingly decided they no longer need to fill that role after a two-year search without success.

And it is claimed that manager Solskjaer has played a big part in that decision.

The club, as reported by the publication, are keen to avoid bringing someone in who leads the policy for new signings.

Instead, they are keen for Solskjaer to continue playing a key role in signing new players and maintain his close relationship with Woodward.

The Red Devils are keen to maintain their old-fashioned 'manager-chairman' set-up rather than dilute their system by appointing a director of football who would influence decisions.

And United have been encouraged by the performances of their recent signings including Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Harry Maguire, Bruno Fernandes and Odion Ighalo.

The club believe they are on the right track with their current recruitment policy and want to persevere with their new direction.

Woodward's reign as the club's transfer guru, however, has not been without its setbacks.

The United chief has overseen the signings of big-money flops such as Angel Di Maria, Radamel Falcao and Bastian Schweinsteiger.

Last week, Woodward said United's core objective remains backing Solskjaer to win trophies as the club continues to grapple with the coronavirus crisis.

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